Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that he will not endorse a candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary until after the Nevada caucus.
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Reid made the comments in an interview with the Nevada Independent about Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) hiring three of Reid’s former staff for his presidential campaign.
“All these people working for Bernie, I’m glad,” Reid said. “Bernie is one of my friends. He helped me get Obamacare passed. His vote was crucial. So I think the world of him.”
Faiz Shakir, a senior Reid adviser, is now Sanders’s campaign manager.
The Vermont lawmaker is not the only presidential hopeful who employs his former staff to receive praise from Reid.
Reid’s former communications director, Kristen Orthman, is working for Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE’s (D-Mass.) campaign.
The former Nevada senator praised Warren earlier this month, saying he thinks “the world of her,” but did not endorse her.
Reid told the Independent he isn’t bothered by seeing his former staffers on competing campaigns.
“I think it’s good that people recognize talent,” he said.
Reid has also reportedly talked to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Warren, Pressley introduce bill to make it a crime for police officers to deny medical care to people in custody Senate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillicon Valley: Senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests | Amazon pauses police use of its facial recognition tech | FBI warns hackers are targeting mobile banking apps Democratic senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests Some realistic solutions for income inequality MORE (D-Ohio) about potentially running for president.
Klobuchar and Gillibrand have already announced their candidacies.
“There is not a single Democrat that I have seen that’s interested that I wouldn’t do everything I could to help,” Reid said.
“Michael Bloomberg — and I think he could be really good for the party — I think he’s going to be here in the next few days. I just think, I’m glad that a lot of people are running and I’m excited about what it’s going to do to generate attention around the country.”
Bloomberg, the former New York City Mayor, has not yet decided whether or not to pursue the Democratic nomination.